Player Evals: ALab Scout Day - Catchers & Outfielders


Matt Payne
Director of Scouting, PBR of NC

PBR was in Maiden, NC in Lincoln County on Thursday July 9th to host a scout day and run an open ID.  A fairly new facility, ALab operates out of a massive 33,000 sq foot facility that houses a full weight room, multiple short cages, a pitching area with 5 bullpens, as well as a fully open cage that measures approximately 120ft x 100ft.  The area allowed the players of the ALab and the Western Piedmont ID to run through a full pro-style workout for PBR scouts.

Position players in attendance were able to run a laser timed 30 followed by an offensive evaluation with TrackMan and Blast taking advanced analytics on the swing and ball flight.  Players then went through a defensive workout.  Pitchers were able to throw controlled bullpens for PBR as well.

Below are the player evaluations from the Athlete's Lab Scout Day.  CLICK HERE to see the roster and all of the stats collected from the workout.

By the Numbers:

  • 40 Players went through the workout
  • 35 position players worked out.
  • 10 hitters produced an exit velocity off of the tee of 84 mph or higher
  • 21 pitchers threw
  • 2 arms worked at 87 or higher
  • 6 arms flashed a fastball above 82
  • 12 INF/OF showcased carry at 77mph or higher from their position
  • 5 catchers flashed pop times of 2.20 or better
  • 3 catchers posted a positional velocity of 75 or higher.

 

Player Evaluations

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CATCHERS

 

Justin Skewes C / 1B / St. Stephens, NC / 2023

 

Positional Profile: C/1B.
Body: 6/2, 183 pounds. Athletic build, room to add strength.
Defense: 2.28 - 2.37 pop times. IF-Active feet, catches the ball near center, clean transfers, feel around the first base bag with above average hands. C-Fluid feet, transfers across midsection, low hips with mobility receiving, average hands.
Arm: R. C - 70 mph. INF - 71 mph. IF-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot. C-Loose arm, 3/4 slot, some accuracy.
Hit: R. Relaxed, slightly open, barrel flat above back shoulder. Weight loads back, short stride, hands get ready to attack. Loose and fluid, short to ball, barrel stays through zone, gap to gap approach, some barrel feel.
Power: 81 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed.
Run: 4.55 runner in the 30. 

 

 

Josh Mays C / 3B / South Caldwell , NC / 2021

 

Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 6/1, 220 pounds. Large frame.
Defense: 2.11 - 2.32 pop times. Quick feet with quick exchanges across chest, balanced setup receiving, above average hands with strength.
Arm: R. C - 70 mph. Short arm action, over the top slot, some accuracy.
Hit: R. Slightly open, weight stacked on back leg, hands above back shoulder. Small load, short stride, quiet hands. Loose hands with quickness, lift to the barrel path with extension out front, gap to gap approach.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Has strength off the barrel, better than average bat speed.
Run: 4.59 runner in the 30. 

 

 

Mason Mozeley C / 3B / Freedom, NC / 2022


Positional Profile: C/3B.
Body: 5/10, 158 pounds. Athletic build, strength present.
Defense: 2.11 - 2.33 pop times. IF-Active feet, catches the ball in the center of his body, average hands. C-Fluid feet, gains ground to target, transfers across chest, low hips receiving, has mobility, above average hands.
Arm: R. C - 78 mph. INF - 80 mph. IF-Accurate, some carry, long arm action, high 3/4 slot. C-Accurate, short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
Hit: L. Even, athletic base, relaxed hands just below back shoulder. Smooth load, hands work up and back, short stride. Loose hands, short to ball, barrel stays through zone with extension out front, above average feel for barrel.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Above average bat speed, drives ball to both gaps.
Run: 4.11 runner in the 30.

 

 

Caleb Mattison C / Maiden , NC / 2021

 

Positional Profile: C.
Body: 5/9, 195 pounds. Thick frame.
Defense: 2.18 - 2.27 pop times. Fluid feet, gains ground to target, transfers across chest, above average hands receiving.
Arm: C - 75 mph.  Short arm action, high 3/4 slot, accurate.
Hit: Open base, weight on back leg, relaxed hands at back shoulder. Loads down into legs, long stride, hands work back. Short swing, level barrel path, two hand finish, some hand quickness, line drive approach with some barrel feel.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, some strength off the barrel.
Run: 4.3 runner in the 30. 

 

 

 

OUTFIELDERS

 

James Tate OF / 2B / St. Stephens, NC / 2023


Positional Profile: OF/2B.
Body: 6/1, 150 pounds. Thin, lanky frame, room for growth ahead.
Defense: OF-Aggressive through the ball, catches the ball off his left foot, average hands, clean transfers with momentum through throws. IF-Active feet, catches the ball near center, average hands, clean exchanges.
Arm: R. INF - 73 mph. OF - 74 mph. OF-Accurate, short arm action, overhand release. IF-Short arm action, over the top slot.
Hit: L. Even base, weight stacked on back leg, hands behind back shoulder. Short stride, quiet hands.  Balanced, flatter swing, slightly uphill out front, middle of the field approach, some barrel feel.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average to above average bat speed, numbers should jump with added strength.
Run: 4.12 runner in the 30.

 

 

Enrique Mendoza OF / SS / Newton Conover, NC / 2024


Positional Profile: OF/SS.
Body: 5/9, 131 pounds. Athletic frame, room for maturation ahead.
Defense: OF-Plays through the ball, uses a two-hand catch, clean exchanges. IF-Active feet, catches the ball in the center of his body, average hands.
Arm: R. INF - 65 mph. OF - 69 mph. OF-Accurate, long arm action, over the top slot. IF-Short arm action, overhand release, accurate.
Hit: R. Even base, hands above back shoulder, flat barrel. Loads into legs, short stride, small hand load back.  Loose quick hands, short to ball, level through the zone, line drive approach through the middle, above average barrel feel.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.  Average bat speed, numbers should jump as the body matures.
Run: 4.07 runner in the 30.